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Gold City Gem Mine

Franklin, NC

3 (3 reviews)

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Address: Sylva Rd, Franklin, NC 28734, USA Number: 800 713-7767 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

There is something special about uncovering something really special, and magical in our amazing earth. At Gold City Gem Mine, you get the chance to find your own special treats under the ground!

Gold City Gem Mine is a fun way to spend the day with the family, where you can mine one of a number of types of buckets FILLED with soil right from their 40 acre property. You can choose between both Enriched gemstones, and Native gemstones, to try your luck!

After you have mined your buckets, you can bring the rough stones that you found (with your fingers crossed!) and see their professional jeweler that's on-site, which can then inspect them to see what might be special in there!

You can even have the stones then cut and mounted into something fun and special! You might come across sapphires, or perhaps rubies. You might even come across an amethyst, or emeralds. Who knows!

Of course, the North Carolina Gem Bucket includes one cut gemstone - so do you think you'll be successful!

You can't be mining for gems without experience that old fashioned activity of gold panning. Gold City Gem Mine gives you all the supplies you need to try and strike it rich! You of course will be panning for real gold and yes - you get to keep what you find!

If kids really get to love all the different types of gems and start a love of geology, then there is a great Rock Shop that they can take home something else to remember they time by! 

It's a GEM of a family day out option, and something different for the kids. ROCK 'n' roll kids! 

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How much does it cost?



There is a charge for gem bags


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Check with them if you are unsure about the weather, as they might shut if it is bad.

Any top tips?


You can certainly take home anything you find whilst mining or panning!

I'm Hungry!


Healthy Eating Take your own packed lunch and water and enjoy it out with an amazing view, before getting back to panning for your fortune!

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Where is it at?


6 miles north od Franklin, NC in the Smoky Mountain. 5000 ft above sea level, 5000 sq ft building on 50 acres on highway 441 north.

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Give them a call about group discounts for kids visits!

Can I get one of those?


The Rock Shop is a great place to check out the souvenirs and rocks you can take home! Great gifts for all ages.

Need a little extra help?


Give them a call if you need wheelchair access, and see how they can help!

Click here for lots more great things to do near you in North Carolina

When can we go?

9am to 5pm daily weather permitting

All year round (closed Tues and Wed only in February)

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